Dunk 4 Diabetes Recap

NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Dunk 4 Diabetes was slightly altered by weather, but some of the elite players in Ohio put on a show. Also Jalen Coleman stepped up while Derek Funderburk put himself firmly on the national radar.

Sam Logwood, SF/PF, La Lumiere – The highly athletic Logwood was very productive in a Sunday win for the Lakers. He finished around the rim, was excellent rebounding the ball, and then showed how he can also be an elite defender. Not the most skilled kid, Logwood plays hard and brings a lot to the table. Because of his athleticism and ability to rebound he should play right away at Auburn and bring them a physical presence on the wing, and he is also capable of making open shots.

JaQuan Lyle, PG, Huntington Prep – There might not be a better passer in the entire class than Lyle. He had several assists and nice passes on his way to an impressive performance. Lyle got buckets, pushed the pace well, and of course made plays for others. What Lyle can do is very impressive, and once he gets himself into elite shape he will be virtually impossible to defend with his refined skillset.

Dave Bell, C, Garfield Heights – It isn't always pretty with Bell, but he did have a double-double and showed some of the potential that earned him an Ohio State offer. Bell is every bit of 6-foot-10 and athletic, and at times he finished with dunks. However his hands and footwork in the post need a lot of work. Bell can block a few shots, and showed some of what he can do earning game MVP honors, but there is no doubt he will be a major work in progress when he arrives in Columbus.

Jalen Coleman, SG, La Lumiere – It was an excellent weekend for Coleman. On Saturday night he was nearly unconscious from the floor making shots from all over, and then not much changed on Sunday. Coleman is one of the best pure shooters in the class of 2015, and now he is getting better with his handle and showing a bit more feel for the game. Clearly his play has gone up a notch recently and Coleman should find himself as one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the class.

Joseph Toye, SF, La Lumiere – It is clear now that Toye is a fulltime wing. He had a pair of very solid performances including a game MVP award on Saturday night. Toye is very capable of shooting off the catch, and then he can finish with athleticism down low. Now he can become a better rebounder, and defensively he has the tools to be great. He is still putting it all together, but Toye showed all the tools to be a definite high-major player.

Thomas Bryant, C/PF, Huntington Prep – This kid just keeps getting better and better. Ever since Christmas he has been an absolute monster. Again Bryant had it working on Saturday night with a double-double. Also he blocked shots, hedged ball screens well, and communicated from the post. Bryant is just now beginning to figure out how good he is, and when he gets a full grasp of everything he is capable of on the court he could be one of the truly elite players in the class.

Esa Ahmad, PF, Shaker Heights – Ahmad didn't have quite as effective a performance this weekend as he did last, but he still showed why the scholarship offers are coming his way. He hit a few shots from the perimeter, finished some off of offensive rebounds, and made a few nice passes as well. Ahmad struggled some on the defensive end, and that is an area he will definitely have to focus on, but as he continues to get stronger and in better shape his game should continue to come around.

MaCio Teague, SG, Walnut Hills – Teague has bounced around a little bit in his high school career and that has kept him as a little bit of a mystery, but on Sunday night he showed that he can be a pure scorer. Not a great creator off the bounce, Teague can create just enough separation for himself to get his shot off, and when he gets a clean look usually it is money. Teague scored 27 on the night and proved to be someone who can just get buckets. Defensively he needs to work on things, but there is no doubt that he can score.

Carlton Bragg, PF, Cleveland VASJ – There aren't many more gifted athletes than Bragg. He can run the floor as well as any kid in the country, and had a ridiculous block on one end that turned into him dunking on the other end that brought the crowd to its feet. Now Bragg did struggle to finish which was odd, but he got himself to the foul line nearly all game long on his way to 28 points. Bragg has to continue to focus on rebounding, but there is no denying how good he could be come, and quickly.

Derek Pardon, C, Cleveland VASJ – Bragg gets most of the attention in the frontcourt, but Pardon is good as well. Pardon scored with a few nice post moves, and he is a physical presence on the block. An area rebounder, Pardon shows good hands and a desire to get the ball off the glass. He isn't a great athlete, and doesn't run the floor great, but as a true low post guy he can contribute.

Derek Funderburk, PF/C, Lakewood St. Edward – He began opening eyes with his play during the spring, and on Sunday he showed that he could become an elite prospect, and quickly. Funderburk blocked shots, ran the floor, scored on the post, and made free throws. He needs to get stronger, but there is a ton to like with a near 6-foot-10 kid with big time athleticism and long arms.

Lepear Toles, SG, Canton Timken – Ohio has a lot of interchangeable wings in the 2016 class, and Toles really stepped up with his play on Sunday. He rallied Timken from a huge deficit to come back and win. In the process Toles showed an excellent jump shot from deep, solid athleticism, and the ability to handle going either way. He needs to tighten up his decision making, but the tools are there for Toles and he could be a surprise player who emerges.

Tervell Beck, SF, Cleveland Central Catholic – Beck is still raw as a player, but he did find a way to be very productive. He plays hard and attacks the rim quite a bit. His jump shot wasn't falling, and he needs to definitely get that going, but a big time athlete who can handle it and rebound, Beck is someone who has all the potential in the world to be a versatile playmaker. He finished with 17 points and showed why Big Ten schools are already in the mix recruiting him.

Joseph Toye mentioned a recent offer from Vanderbilt.

Derek Funderburk has an offer from Xavier and has made visits to Xavier and Ohio State.

Ohio State, Louisville, and West Virginia were in the crowd to see Thomas Bryant.

Dayton dispatched two assistants for the entire day's action on Sunday.

Michigan and Wisconsin made sure to check out Derek Funderburk

Akron Head Man Keith Dambrot as well as assistants from St. Bonaventure, Cleveland State, and Ohio University were spotted in the gym throughout the weekend.

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